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DC’s order on cigarettes goes up in smoke
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 24
Most of the educational institutions of the area have failed to implement the explicit orders by the district administration asking them to com ply with the provisions of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, supply and Distribution) Act, 2003.

Ignorant of provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, vendors sell cigarettes near the main gate of a government school near Mandi Ahmedgarh Ignorant of provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, vendors sell cigarettes near the main gate of a government school near Mandi Ahmedgarh. — A Tribune photograph

Blue film VCD: police probe begins
Ludhiana, February 24
The police today started a probe into the sensational blue film VCD featuring some teenagers but said there was no proof that the compact disc had any relation with a medical institution of high repute as suggested by the three-letter initials written on the VCD.


Waiting for an accident to happen
Admin sleeps over poles, trees on roads
Ludhiana, February 24
Hundreds of electric poles on the roads, at places right in the middle, pose a continuous threat of accidents and also hinder smooth flow of traffic. Name any road and there are a number of electricity poles and transformers there. Also big trees in the midst of the roads pose regular hindrance to traffic. The traffic authorities maintain that they can do little as it involves several agencies for shifting these poles to suitable places.

A transformer on a road in Haibbowal. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma
A transformer on a road in Haibbowal

SAD leaders demand drive against encroachments
Ludhiana, February 24
Senior SAD leaders today demanded a drive against encroachments in the city and time-bound completion of major projects, among other things. This is in connection with Mr Simarjit Singh Bains’ a councillor, protest.

Indo-Pak Punjabi seminar on Feb 27
Ludhiana, February 24
The Punjabi Sahitya Akademi will organise a seminar on "Pakistani Punjabi Sahitya-virsa te vartman" at the Punjabi Bhavan here on February 27 to mark its golden jubilee celebrations. This was stated by senior vice-president of the akademi Gurbhajan Singh Gill today.

Youth held for drug peddling
Ludhiana, February 24
The Sarabha Nagar police has arrested a youth under the NDPS Act and allegedly recovered 10 grams of smack from him which he allegedly supplied to school and college students in small packs of 0.5 grams each.

55 quintals of narcotics destroyed
Ludhiana, February 24
The police today destroyed nearly 55 quintals of narcotics under the NDPS Act. These had been lying with the police and judicial malkhanas for the past over 12 years as case property.


Tributes paid to Justice Gurnam Singh
Ludhiana, February 24
Glowing tributes were paid to late Justice Gurnam Singh, a former Chief Minister of Punjab, at a function organised here today. Senior functionaries like Mr H.S Hanspal, President, PPCC, Mr H.D Johar, Education Minister, Punjab, Mr. Partap Singh Bajwa, Minister for PWD and Cultural Affairs, Punjab, Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, MLA, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Mr. Gurcharan Singh Galib, Ex-MP, Mr Jagmohan Sharma, President, DCC and Mr Parminder Mehta, Secretary, PPCC, offered their tributes.

War veteran Fernandez laid to rest
Ludhiana, February 24
People from all walks of life paid glowing tributes to Lieut-Col E.W. Fernandez, a veteran of many wars, whose mortal remains were laid to rest at the cemetery grounds near Gumar Mandi today.

Pensioners’ meeting on February 27
Ludhiana, February 24
The Government Pensioners Association has convened a meeting on February 27 at Arya College for Women here for preparing a memorandum of their demands. It will be submitted to the Punjab Government.

Swami Parmanand to visit city
Ludhiana, February 24
Swami Parmanand Giri, a leading authority on Hinduism, will be visiting Ludhiana from February 25 to March 1. He will deliver religious discourses at the Tagore Bhavan, in the morning and evening.

Ravidass jayanti celebrated
Samrala, February 24
The birthday of Guru Ravidass was celebrated here on Thursday. On the occasion the Guru Ravidass Welfare Society took out a shobha yatra. It will also organise a dharmik jagran on February 25.



Plea to make Ludhiana special economic zone
Ludhiana, February 24
Welcoming the government’s decision of setting up a special economic zone (SEZ) in Amritsar, the Ludhiana Motor Parts Manufacturers Association demanded that Ludhiana should also be covered under it. The association said a SEZ should be set up here as well, as the engineering industry was suffering heavily.

Autonomy to public sector banks draws flak
Ludhiana, February 24
The government’s decision to grant autonomy to public sector banks with regard to acquisitions, recruitment, promotions and other HR-related issues has drawn flak from bank employees. The Indian National Bank Employees Congress (INBEC) today said that the decision would be detrimental to the interest of the employees and would lead to a hire-and-fire policy.

Chemists’ meeting on Feb 27
Ludhiana, February 24
The Wholesale Chemists Association will hold a meeting at here on February 27 to discuss key issues facing chemists and druggists. Giving this information in a Press note here today, Mr Tikka Dalip Singh, president, Mr Harish Kapila, senior vice-president, and Mr G.S. Chawla, general secretary of the association said the present office-bearers had completed one year in office and an annual report would be presented.

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Inter-college competitions conclude
Doraha, February 24
Inter-college competitions, organised at Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Women, Manji Sahib, Kottan, concluded here yesterday. Teams of various colleges took part in the competitions, which included shabad gayan, geet, ghazal, lok geet, flower arrangement and salad making, poetry recitation, histrionics, rangoli, embroidery and the best of out of waste.

Seminar on Punjabi literature
Doraha, February 24
The Postgraduate Department of Guru Nanak College, Doraha, held a seminar on Punjabi literature in collaboration with the University Grants Commission, recently. Dr Harbhajan Singh Deol, former Commissioner, Linguistics Minority Commission, who presided over the seminar said there was a need for good writers to guide the present generation.

All set for ‘Saluja Ehsaas’
Ludhiana, February 24
As many as 80 participants from Pakistan and Bangladesh reached here today to participate in Punjab College of Technical Education’s (PCTE) international annual cultural festival ‘Saluja-Ehsaas 2005’, to be held tomorrow. Around 40 teams from management and technical institutes and universities of the country will participate in the event.

Seminar on trends in financial sector
Ludhiana, February 24
A three-day national seminar on “Financial Sector — Challenges Ahead” started at Ramgarhia Girls College here today. The basic aim of the seminar is to provide a platform to intellectuals, educationists, politicians and administrators to discuss important issues related to the financial sector and social responsibility of financial institutes.

Typing wiz gets admission offers
Ludhiana, Februray 24
The Tribune office is flooded with offers of admission from many prestigious schools to Saurabh Sharma (8), a typing wiz, regarding which a report was published in Ludhiana Tribune on February 21.



Free health camp for asthma patients
Ludhiana, February 24
A free health check up camp for asthma patients was organised by Mohan Dai Oswal Charitable Hospital and Cancer Research Hospital at Gurudwara Sriguru Singh Sabha in Moti Nagar here today.

Free drugs for leukaemia patients
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 24
Patients suffering from chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), who cannot afford the expensive imatinib mesylate medicine for treatment, need not lose hope. The Novartis, the manufacturing company of the wonder drug, has dedicated significant resources to make the drug available free of cost. The cost, otherwise, runs more than Rs 1 lakh per month.


Book on sports stars released
Ludhiana, February 24

A number of sports stars of Punjab have niched a carve for themselves. They have attained a place where people adore them as demi-gods.

(Second from left) Hockey stars Baljit Singh Dhillon, Prabhjot Singh, Deepak Thakur and Gaganjit Singh release a book written by Navdeep Gill (extreme right) at Kila Raipur sports festival.
Hockey stars Baljit Singh Dhillon, Prabhjot Singh, Deepak Thakur and Gaganjit Singh release a book written by Navdeep Gill

Nidhi, Rachna declared best athlete, player
Ludhiana, February 24
Nidhi Chandla, a student of plus II and Rachna of BA (III) were declared the best athlete and the best player, respectively, in the 36th annual athletics meet of SDP College and schools, organised at the college campus, near Daresi ground, here today. Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation, inaugurated the meet in which the students (girls) of the SDP College, SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal and Om Parkash Gupta SDP Model Senior Secondary School, took part.

Girls dressed as clowns during the closing ceremony of the annual athletics meet of the SDP educational institutions, Ludhiana, on Thursday. — Photo by I.V
Girls dressed as clowns during the closing ceremony of the annual athletics meet of the SDP educational institutions, Ludhiana

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